Concerns Over Gambling Addiction Raised by Experts More Than a Year After Ohio Legalized Sports Betting

Legal Sports Betting in Ohio Brings In Billions, But Comes With Consequences and Concerns

Ohio’s legalization of sports betting has brought in billions of dollars in revenue for gaming and betting companies. However, this new opportunity has also had its consequences. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has reported over $1 million in fines to gaming companies for advertising and promotion violations. On the other hand, a recent gambling survey conducted from 2017 to 2022 showed that the number of Ohioans with gambling addiction has tripled. This trend is a cause for concern and will be explored further during Tuesday’s “Sound of Ideas” discussion.

The discussion will focus on how legal sports gambling has impacted the region, particularly for those struggling with addiction. Guests for the discussion include Michael Buzzelli, Associate Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, Nabil Pervaiz, Manager of Prevention Services at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ed G., a Compulsive Gambler in Recovery with the Area 10 Gamblers Anonymous organization, Joe Messner, a Licensed Clinician at Ana Zao Community Partners in Wooster, and Joe Scalzo, a Reporter at Crain’s Cleveland.

This article discusses how sports betting has become legal in Ohio and how it has affected the state’s gambling industry. It highlights both the benefits and drawbacks of legalizing sports betting and how it can lead to an increase in gambling addiction among some individuals. The article also mentions how a recent study found that over $7 billion was placed in bets by Ohioans since becoming legalized last year. Additionally, there have been fines imposed on gaming companies due to advertising violations by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

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